Hezbollah denounced Israel on Wednesday for waging an “international campaign” against it after Bulgaria said the Lebanese militant movement was behind a July bombing that killed five Israeli tourists.
Naim Kassem, the group’s number two, slammed the “international campaign of intimidation waged by Israel against Hezbollah,” and said it is
“ever improving its equipment and training” and that “these charges will change nothing.”
On Tuesday, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said his country was ready to cooperate with Bulgaria over investigation.
Meanwhile,Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov warned on Tuesday that Hezbollah’s involvement in the Burgas bombing “will not go without consequences.”
Mladenov told Al Arabiya that the possibility of labeling Hezbollah as a terrorist group has been “on the table” for a while but his government didn’t want to make any official comments on the issue before showing any tangible evidence.
Both Israel and the United Stated urged the EU on Tuesday to take action against Hezbollah and to label the militant group as “terrorist,” but Europe until now had refrained from following U.S. footsteps to blacklist it.
On Tuesday, Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said that a six-month investigation since the bombing had led to two suspects holding Australian and Canadian passports. The suspects were directly linked to Hezbollah’s armed wing.